4th Grade Programs

Power Generation

In the Power Generation program, students will explore how we generate electricity and learn about the trade-offs, including the environmental impacts of wind, water, and solar energy. NGSS Program.

Available options: In-Person, Synchronous, and Asynchronous.


Total time for each classroom: 90 minutes

Classroom Activities: Solar Power; Hydroelectric Power; Wind Power; Natural Gas Power; Power Generation: Intro and Conclusion


These live, interactive programs help students review how and what energy is used in their own homes to explore the concepts of electricity, renewable energy, conservation, etc.

Total time for each synchronous lesson: 30 minutes

Lesson Options: Hydroelectric; Natural Gas; Solar; Wind; and Power Generation Intro/Conclusion. Please note that Natural Gas and the Power Generation Introduction/Conclusion activities are required if selecting a program series.


Students are invited to participate in a series of at-home activities designed for them to easily do on their own with some adult supervision, using tools and items which can be found around the house to explore how we use (and maybe even generate) electricity in their own homes. See Asynchronous Programs for more details.

Activity Options: Wind Power at Home, Home Power Scavenger Hunt.

 Earthquake Geology*

In the Earthquake Geology program, students will explore how earthquake movement creates the land patterns they see in this area, map the San Andreas Fault, and design their own earthquake safe structures. NGSS Program.

Available options: In-person, Asynchronous


Total time for each classroom: 90 minutes

Classroom kits: Engineering Safe Structures; Mapping the San Andreas; and Shaping the Land


Students will be guided through the Earthquake Geology field trip highlights on a virtual/pre-recorded tour of the Los Trancos trail. The ~20-minute video will stop at each of the unique locations on this trail that help to highlight how the earth moves during an earthquake and the visible signs that scientists use to verify that earthquakes have happened in the past. See Asynchronous Programs for more details.

*Standard Field Trip option:

Los Trancos Open Space Preserve
Los Trancos Site Guide
Los Trancos Map